Activities highlighted by Monday’s award ceremony
The Eighth International Education Week, which is a joint effort of the Department of State and Department of Education, is scheduled for the week of Nov. 12 to Nov. 16 at CU.
The purpose of the event is “to highlight the critical role of education in our efforts to secure a bright future based on international partnership and understanding”, said Secretary of State Condolezza Rice in a press release.
According to the International Education Week Web site, the participation of all individuals and institutions is encouraged.
CU is preparing for the week-long event. Spearheading the effort is the Office of International Education.
“We actually have a calendar (of events),” said Nathan Frank, study abroad administrator.
Events for International Education Week involve the Center for Asian Studies, the Peace Corps, CU International (a student club) and several faculty members. Activities include everything from a sound bite of West African Music to food from around the globe served at the Alferd Packer Grill.
The biggest event planned for the week is a reception on Monday at Norlin Library. Eight students and faculty, several who are studying here from abroad, will receive awards at the ceremony for their efforts to promote goodwill and international exchange.
The awardees “enrich the campus with their presence and serve as role models,” said Frank in a press release.
“It’s just a time for us to recognize people around campus,” said Kim Kreutzer, associate director of the office of international education.
Frank said he hopes the week will get CU students thinking about international relations and what they can do to contribute to the world.
“CU students should get involved in a meaningful international experience so that they’re better prepared for being active global students,” Frank said. “It’s not just what students can take. It’s what they give back to the world.”
At least one student is looking forward to the events and opportunities to experience different cultures.
“I think it would be great for better cultural understanding,” said Hannah Klein, a junior Spanish and elementary education major.
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